Why do we blog?
To release emotions, teach others, learn something ourselves, hone our craft, to consolidate ideas?
Whatever the reason, we blog to put a piece of ourselves out there, sometimes vulnerable, sometimes unfiltered, sometimes irrational.
When I started my blogging journey back in 2011, the main reason I decided to put words to a screen was my love for fashion. I am an avid fan of menswear, and this prompted my creation of a blog called DatsMaStyle.
I grew DatsMaStyle (website no longer active) from a WordPress.com blog to a WordPress.org hosted website in two years, gaining a loyal following, attracting great contributors, brand sponsorships and building awesome relationships.
However, this would not last for long, as I started my restaurant business around the same time, and needless to say, the blog took a backseat.
Writing hundreds of articles over the past few years has taught me one thing however. If I don’t have anything meaningful to say, don’t say anything at all.
When I started this craft six years ago the blogosphere was huge, but not as huge as today.
The endless noise and chatter about everything has tripled, from Trump’s style of politics to whether chocolate milk comes from brown cows (how stupid is that one lol) and if a dress is blue or white.
Plus, with all that excessive and incessant muttering being put out by multi-million dollar websites, the average person also have issues they want to talk about. Our trips to Thailand, stress at work, the ills of dating, the joys of parenting, and the struggles of starting a business.
All of this adds up to information overload and leaves little room for senseless garb that fills our lives with even more stupidity and dullness.
Hence, this is why I do not write unless I am inspired.
I have to be inspired by something. A thought, an article or book I read, a trip I took, a business I am starting, something I failed at, life lessons I have learnt or reasons I don’t support something.
When I write, even if I cannot put the words together coherently, in some way it has to mean something. It has to touch a chord, make someone’s day or life better, put something into perspective.
The noise around us daily is mostly empty and rarely filled with valuable info that enriches our lives. As bloggers we face the ultimate task of providing our readers with substantial content that in some way gives an authentic piece of ourselves, whether through thought or sacrifice.
In the blogging world, we are constantly told we need to blog consistently to keep our followers engaged or we will lose them.
The thought of this can be scary, after all, you worked endless hours to push out content and grow your reader base to whatever number it is today.
But for me, taking such a risk is something I rather do than put out mediocre content on a regular basis, feeding my audience with apparent bullshit.
Sometimes that means going weeks and even months without writing.
It’s about taking responsibility
For what we put into the world, for the type of legacy we are creating and for the type of blogs or businesses we want to build.
The bloggers who can push out consistent valuable content, I honor you, but for me, if I am not inspired, I just can’t write.
Thanks to Mandy at the Broke Girl’s Guide to Better Living for inspiring me to write this one :).
Do you have to be inspired to write?